Recently, architecture minister Margaret Hodge has fired off a hat-trick of listing refusals that have flown in the face of English Heritage (EH) recommendations.
As well as rejecting advice to list John Madin’s 1974 Birmingham Central Library and BDP’s 1969 Preston bus station, Hodge has pooh-poohed calls to protect Slough’s 1930s town hall. EH had backed them all for at least Grade II. This must be embarrassing for EH chair and Labour peer Baroness Andrews – a former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government. So why has Hodge gone against one of her own? Has there been a falling-out in the past?